Key Church Relationships Lead

Key Church Relationships Lead

Do you have a passion for mission? Do you thrive in building significant and strategic relationships with leaders from key churches and dioceses?

  • Permanent / Part-time (28 hours per week)
  • Flexible working – the role requires travelling with occasional office visits.  
  • Starting salary £26,560-£28,292 pro-rata per annum (£33,200-35,365 FTE) depending on experience, with a generous pension contribution: up to 10 per cent employer contribution on annual salary.
  • CMS offers 36 days of annual leave pro rata (including bank holidays) as well as enhanced paid sickness, maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
  • CMS supports the mental wellbeing of its employees and offers a generous rewards and wellbeing package, including:
    • access to 24/7 employee assistance programme with qualified counsellors
    • regular wellbeing coffee mornings
    • support on menopause for women
    • up to three volunteer days a year
    • up to three family emergency leave days a year
    • retreats and resources for prayer life

We welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome applications from individuals from minority groups as they are currently underrepresented within our organisation at this level. All appointments are made on merit of skill, experience and potential as laid down in the job description and person specification.

Talk to us first?

If you would welcome an informal discussion about the role before applying, please contact Melinda Staines, People and Culture Manager on 01865 787405, or Paul Francis, Head of Key Relationships on 01865 787462.

Your role

We are looking for a proactive person to build valuable and beneficial relationships with the most strategic churches and key church leaders, and represent CMS to leverage funding and support opportunities. You will be responsible for maintaining and developing key relationships with dioceses throughout the Church of England, in particular with key senior clergy such as Bishops and Cathedral Deans, and representing CMS at key events. This is a national role and requires regular travelling.

The organisation you’ll be joining

Church Mission Society is comprised of people who are passionate about mission and fired up about helping people follow Jesus. For over 200 years CMS has been at the forefront of global mission, living out the gospel of Jesus, seeing lives changed and communities transformed. If you join CMS you will find an organisation that has been reinvigorated with a fresh vision to make disciples of Jesus among people at the edges, both in the UK and around the world.

What you’ll need to succeed

The appointed candidate will have proven experience of building and maintaining excellent relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders in a fundraising and/or marketing environment, including excellent presentation skills in a church context. Proven Church and/or Individual fundraising experience with results is essential.

It is also a requirement for this post holder to be a committed and practising Christian, enthusiastic about the aims and values of CMS.

Further details can be found in the job description and person specification available to download below.

Our commitment to you


We are committed to the safeguarding and protection of the people we serve, our partners, our volunteers, and our staff. We believe that every child or adult we come into contact with has the right to be protected from all forms of harm and abuse. Our recruitment and selection processes are in line with our Safeguarding Policy and the SCHR Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, which CMS is a member of as part of our commitment to safeguarding.    


Our core values of being pioneering, relational, faithful and evangelistic are integral to everything we do, and we work hard to ensure that every member of staff is valued, supported and encouraged to continually learn and develop their skills.

Closing date

We must get your application by midnight on Sunday 18th June 2023.

Interviews are planned to be held on Monday 26th June 2023 on Zoom/CMS House, Oxford.

To apply

Please send your application form and CV to jobs [at] churchmissionsociety [dot] org or by post to HR Team, CMS, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ. CVs will only be considered when sent with a completed application form (download below). Please be sure to save a copy of the application form to your device. If you have any issues downloading or opening the form please contact our HR team for assistance. See the application guide for further advice.

CMS is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a workforce that reflects at all grades the diverse communities that we serve. Therefore we ask that you complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form and send it to equalopportunities [at] churchmissionsociety [dot] org

As a member of the Inter-agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, CMS has committed to systematically check with previous employers from at least the last five years for any ‘SEAH’ (Sexual Exploitation, Abuse or Harassment) issues relating to all potential new hires.

Candidates for all UK roles must already be eligible to work in the UK, with a valid visa and work permit if required.